Life lately, totally normal.

by Holly on March 25, 2012

in childhood,dinner,gluten-free,Mexican,rambling,recipes,vegetarian

Life as of late has been totally normal.

Well, minus my mom asking me if the reason why I got a kidney infection was because I forgot to pee after sex. Although come to think of it, that is totally normal.

My mom asking me embarrassing questions…not the kidney infection.

Warm, 70 degree days in March. Another failed attempt at Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies. Soy latte art. Long walks in the fresh Wisconsin sunshine. Not to mention leisurely dinners with good friends, going to bed with crusted-on eye make-up, googling “Kony 2012” again because I still don’t get what it is, movie viewing (Jeff, Who Lives at Home…go see it), online shopping for things I cannot afford, procrastinating the dishes and stalking Jake Gyllenhaal.

These things, totally normal.

Also normal, this:

Me laying on the floor eating fajitas.

What?!? You don’t beach yourself on the living room floor and shove fajitas right from the plate into your mouth too?! You’re missing out. I have the rug burns on my elbows to prove it.

Seriously though, there is something totally normal about Sunday taco/fajita nights. I think it dates back to my Everythingtarian childhood. Simple yet tasty, tacos and fajitas were often the perfect Sunday night meal to start off our weeks. I remember fondly the sound of meat browning and the smell of corn tortillas warming in the oven as I was tasked with sorting our dinner toppings into individual bowls: cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, sour cream.

Now that I’m older (and well…oh-so-cultured), my tastes have evolved past the plain ol’ taco.

Enter in: another un-recipe!

Suddenly craving a taste of my younger years this morning, I set forth to my local co-op with Sunday night fajitas on the brain. Specifically, veggie fajitas. I picked up a green, orange and yellow pepper. One red onion. Two avocados. One bag of frozen corn. A pint of cherry tomatoes. Wisconsin queso fresco cheese. And a package of $0.49 locally-made corn tortillas.

And just as the unrecipe suggests, I tasted my way through each component of the meal.

First, I sauteed sliced peppers and onions over high heat with canola oil. Once slightly charred and softened, I tossed in diced tomatoes, chipotle peppers, apple cider vinegar, a pinch of sugar, minced garlic and a hit of both Worcestershire sauce and paprika. In reality, I just added this pre-made taco skillet sauce I stole from Mama E’s pantry last time I was home.

The two avocados were smashed, seasoned with a pinch of garlic powder, salt + pepper and given a squeeze of lime for a simple guacamole that packed just enough zing.

Next, I tossed the thawed-out corn with diced cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of canola oil, garlic powder, salt + pepper and a hefty dose of both cumin and hot sauce. Smoky and spicy, it was.

With the oven at 325 degrees, I popped the tortillas in to warm.

Once assembled, the result was nothing short of delicious.

Layers of spicy fajita veggies, smoky corn salsa, a thick slather of buttery guacamole and crumbles of salty queso fresco satisfied as a more sophisticated version of my childhood taco craving. The flavors all perfectly balanced and three fajitas later, my belly full with me laying on the floor in a near food coma.

Like I said, life lately…totally normal.

{ 17 comments }

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats March 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

You know, even though I make vegetarian tacos at home all the time it never occurred to me to make some fajitas! I freaking love fajitas but rarely get them since they’re so expensive in some restaurants. Yet again I must thank you for inspiring me.

Samantha Cernock March 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Love that fajita layout, now I want a fajita.

formerly crunchy granola gal March 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

nothing wrong with a tex-mex unrecipe. certainly my favorite kind.

oh, and the peeing after sex thing? i always heard that was important, but today i made sure to make a beeline to the bathroom in your honor. yep, you were thought of, and i thought you needed to know that. mmmkay. happy sunday.

Sarah March 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Oh, um, can totally empathize with you on the UTI issues. I’ve had my fair share – a few times having to go to the ER, then I was resistant to the medicine…. Relatives were asking me embarrassing questions. Oh, good times. I hate them with a passion. Shudder.

On a more positive note, I’ve been on a Mexican food bender this year. I eat burritos like three times a week. No lie. It’s a problem. Those fajitas look BOMB!

Rachel March 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

That cheese is made in Monroe, WI! My family only buys cheese from Alp and Dell. The bargin bin is where its at. It’s like $3.99/lb or something crazy and they have everything from havarti to goat cheese in the bargain bin at all times! Check it out!

I also have failed at the peanut butter pretzel brownies, the pretzels come out way too soft. But your fajitas look delicious!!

Erica March 26, 2012 at 3:41 am

Since peanut is always playing on her play mat on the floor…I eat the majority of my meals on the floor haha. I just want to take all that guac and dump it on the sauteed veggies and go to town. Great Sunday dinner

Lauren March 26, 2012 at 5:49 am

Oh my dear! I saw that you were had a nasty kidney infection and my heart went out to you! Hope you feel better soon love. Fajitas certainly should be on the remedy plan. :)

Hillary March 26, 2012 at 6:24 am

I’m loving these un-recipes because they’re what I live on all week when I’m too busy/exhausted to actually, you know, follow a real recipe. So easy, simple, and delicious.

And, no pressure or anything, but you really need to perfect that peanut butter pretzel brownie recipe so I can make and eat them. Like, now.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 26, 2012 at 6:55 am

Know what I’m having for dinner!! Will brussel sprouts work in these? I have a whole bag, going bad!

Andrea@WellnessNotes March 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

I used to make fajitas a lot when the young adult was little. Not sure why I’m not making them anymore… Yours sound & look wonderful!

So sorry about your kidney infection. Hope you are feeling better!

Nicole March 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

My mom asked me the same thing the last time I got a UTI. I was completely mortified!

Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life March 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

You had me at “fajitas” :) Those look DELISH!!!!!!!!!

Megan (Braise the Roof) March 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Damn, now I really want Mexican for lunch! These are the hazards of packing lunch.

Frances March 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Sort of like my normal: spending the second weekend in a row out of town, living on peanut butter and spinach sandwiches and taking naps in the back of my car, the seats folded down to accommodate my height…sleeping a total of 10 hours between friday and saturday…spending two hours on a sunday morning staring down manta rays and jellyfish in baltimore, and spending a sunday evening staring down the bubbles in a saison dupont at one of my favorite local bars…

totally freaking normal.

i have GOT to make fajitas sometime soon…and i am glad i’m not the only gal who eats supper on her floor.

elizabeth March 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

My mom would ask me the exact same question, she’s a funny one. And I had my first one last year and I was doubled over in pain for days – not fun!

Yum on the fajitas! We had a taco night just last week with similar ingredients – YUM!

Your running will be just fine – when is your race?

Katie March 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

Tacos/Fajitas are a totally normal meal at our house, too. Weekly. And we sometimes sit on the floor and eat them, too – so you’ll feel right at home when you come to visit. I won’t ask you about your kidney infection, though…

Full-Flavored Life March 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Yum! Great post!

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